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Rise of the greasy poll experts
in Reckless opportunists
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Today, in modern Britain, the main expertise required to be a leader is of the kind which helps one rise to the top. But those at the top do have some things that they are expert in. These relate to getting to the top. Increasingly, those who get there have obtained the skill-sets and abilities to keep moving up. They are greasy poll experts rather than experts. Whatever specialist knowledge leaders have when they get to the top it's almost impossible to maintain it once there. Those at the top of leadership hierarchies appear to move on ever quicker. This has consequences both for individuals and institutions. Elites have less time to understand their position, make decisions or develop a vision. Organisations lose institutional memory and cohesion. In the worlds of business and finance, creative entrepreneurs run up against financial short-term expediency.

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Reckless opportunists

Elites at the end of the Establishment


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